Hellrad are a band from Pennsylvania that plays a mixture of sludge, doom and stoner metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "Things Never Change".
Air raid siren sounds start off the album along with some distorted reverb which leads up to a more heavy and dark style of doom metal that is also very heavily mixed in with sludge and spoken word samples can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a great amount of stoner rock style melodies.
Some of the tracks are long and epic in length and after awhile grim screams start becoming a huge part of the recording and the vocals also bring in a small amount of growls at times and some of the tracks also add in influences of 70's rock/proto metal along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and when solos and leads are utilized they remain true to the styles of sludge, stoner and doom.
Hellrad takes the slowest, darkest and heaviest style of sludge, stoner and doom metal and mixers them together to create their own approach to the genre, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover drugs, addictions and life themes.
In my opinion Hellrad are a very great sounding mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Street Zombies" "Dope Fiend Jesus" and "15 Years And COunting". 8 out of 10.